Executive Summary

This page introduces IdeaFarm (tm) City, which is a sovereign place, a kingdom, on the Internet. The mission of IdeaFarm (tm) City is to empower unselfish people worldwide economically, politically, and socially. A meatworld person can participate in life within IdeaFarm (tm) City by creating an identity there. Such an identity is completely separate from the identity of the meatworld person who controls it, and the identity of such meatworld persons is never revealed. IdeaFarm (tm) City is being actively developed. Today, life within IdeaFarm (tm) City consists of participating in its development.

Anyone who wants to participate does so by cloning and building a particular GitHub repository. This can be done using any personal computer that runs Windows. No payment is required and no donations are solicited. Each participant is paid units of an eCurrency that is currently worthless but might someday become valuable. All are welcome. Participants are encouraged to get involved, not for the worthless eCurrency, but for the fun of collaborating to realize a grand vision.

Introduction to IdeaFarm (tm) City

IdeaFarm (tm) City is a sovereign place, a kingdom, on the Internet. When in IdeaFarm (tm) City, you are not subject to the laws of any territorial nation. But you are subject to the penal and other laws of IdeaFarm (tm) City, as well as to any orders of the king. Order is maintained primarily by imposing fines as penal punishments. You will also be subject to tax levies and fees.

Your identity within IdeaFarm (tm) City is completely independent of your meatworld identity and is transferrable in meatworld. For example, you can sell your identity to another meatworld person, and/or you can buy an IdeaFarm (tm) City identity from another meatworld person. You can have several identities, and a single identity could be controlled by multiple meatworld persons or by a meatworld organization. One effect is to create a compelling financial incentive for you to be a good resident with a good reputation, so that your identity becomes more and more valuable. Such valuable identities might live on for hundreds of years as old meatworld persons sell their identities to young immigrants into IdeaFarm (tm) City. So both a carrot and a stick are used within IdeaFarm (tm) City to maintain order, to promote a pleasant and prosperous community, and to ensure good relations with the territorial governments.

The mission of IdeaFarm (tm) City is to empower unselfish people economically, politically, and socially. The vision of Ideafarm (tm) City is of a world in which every human being is a free agent in a worldwide market, including a worldwide market for residency contracts with territorial governments. Territorial governments will compete with each other to attract residents, and no territorial government will have any claim to anyone's person or property other than as specified in those contracts. All persons will be able to easily relocate and to sell labor and services in this worldwide electronic market, so each individual will have complete power over his or her life. In other words, each and every human being on the planet will be a sovereign, subject only to the terms of a residency contract voluntarily entered into.

Revenue from the sale of residency contracts will fund each territorial government; there will be no territorial government taxes of any kind. (During the transition and perhaps permanently, some residency contracts will include clauses resembling income, sales, use, propety, and other taxes, but competition will severely limit such clauses.) This empowerment of individuals will reduce the territorial governments to huge property management organizations. (There will still be penal laws and courts and jails, but competition will severely constrain the means that territorial governments use to maintain order.) The dramatic shift of economic power from territorial governments to individuals will bring political and social empowerment. For example, market forces alone, without any violent revolution, will force the territorial governments to dramatically reduce warmaking expenditures and arsenals.

None of this is utopian; all of it folllows from organizing people in a new way to empower them. Today, every human being is, for all practical purposes, a captive of some territorial government. When the people are no longer captives, but are truly sovereign free agents, everything will change. The operating objective of IdeaFarm (tm) City is to bring about that change.

WARNING: Residents of IdeaFarm (tm) City are prohibited from revealing any aspect, other than gender, of their meatworld identity. Doing so is the crime of exposing yourself. You may optionally claim a binary gender (male or female). You must not claim or reveal any other aspect of your meatworld identity. This crime is charged and punished in degrees. Revealing an aspect that cannot be used to establish your meatworld identity or location is an infraction. Revealing an aspect that, when combined with other information, might identify your general location (e.g. city) or that you are a member of a large group (containing more than 1000 persons) is a misdemeanor. Revealing an aspect that, when combined with other information, might identify your particular location (e.g. partial street address) or that you are a member of a small group is a felony. Revealing an aspect that, when combined with other information, might fully identify your meatworld identity is a capital felony.

Infraction exposure is punished with a fine. Misdemeanor exposure is punished with restrictions on your liberty within IdeaFarm (tm) City. Felony exposure is punished with suspension of your access to IdeaFarm (tm) City. Capital felony exposure is punished by termination of your identity and confiscation of your assets.

Within IdeaFarm (tm) City, mEx (tm) is the only legal tender. mEx (tm) (Media of EXchange) is a electronic coin similar to scrip used at an amusement park. Unlike coins in meatworld, each mEx (tm) coin has a custom value selected at the time that it is purchased from the IdeaFarm (tm) City Central Bank. mEx (tm) coins cannot be sold back at will to the Central Bank, except to make change, but the Central Bank will at its discretion manage the amount of mEx (tm) in circulation via open market operations. But mEx (tm) coins can be sold to other persons, and they can be used to pay taxes, fees, and fines in IdeaFarm (tm) City. The primary monetary policy objective will normally be to optimize the performance of mEx (tm) as a media of exchange and stable, predictable store of value. The value of mEx (tm) will float, but one policy objective will be to cause the value of one unit of mEx (tm) to gradually rise and to be approximately 1 USD.

At any particular time, each mEx (tm) coin is possessed by, and can be spent or transferred by, anyone who knows two secrets, each of which is a string of random text. The first secret identifies the coin. The second secret is a password. Anyone who knows those two secrets can change the password. Anyone who knows only the first secret can query for the value of the coin. To offer a coin to another person, the sender reveals only the first secret. To give a coin to another person, the sender reveals both secrets. The recipient immediately changes the password, which verifies and completes the transfer.

The mEx (tm) money in circulation is centrally administered by the IdeaFarm (tm) City Central Bank. This is done with a simple list of [secret1,secret2,value] triplets. No other information is retained for each coin. If the holder of an mEx (tm) coin loses one or both secrets, the effect is the same as losing a meatworld coin.

System Status

ipv6 ready

IdeaFarm (tm) City is built upon 1/2 million lines of C++ software that took 30 years to craft. IPDOS (tm) IdeaFarm (tm) Piggyback Distributed Operating System is, as of 2021, stable and ready for limited (alpha test) deployment. IPDOS (tm) runs on nine colocated servers, one of which served you this page. Anyone can build and install IPDOS (tm) on a personal computer running Windows by cloning its repository on GitHub:

https://github.com/ideafarm/ipdos

Click that link now to browse the GitHub repository for IPDOS (tm) and get involved!